General Navigating and Tags

After initially searching you can narrow your search results further by selecting one of the many advanced search options. These catagories include tags, collection title or number, and item type.

Tags - have been applied to all publications, photos, videos, and many of the other documents. Tags allow and, in fact, encourage casual browsing.

Collection Number or Title - you can also narrow down your results to specific collections by selecting the collection title or collection in the left hand column under Collection or Collection No. Upon selecting the collection number or title you will recieve results with your search terms only found in the selected collection.

Boolean and Phrase (or Exact Match) Searching

Phrase searching is surrounding two or more words in quotation marks to find documents that have the exact phrase in them. For example, searching ("Kellogg Volunteer of the Year Award") you will retrieve documents that all have those words in that exact order. 

Boolean searching is the best way to find less (narrows) or find more (broadens) results. Boolean searching depends on the use of three terms: AND, OR, and NOT combined with your search terms surrounded by parentheses. 

Examples:
AND - by using the word AND in your search, you can tell the digital library to only find items in which both search terms occur. Typing (Bellas AND Dixon) will give results for only documents that have both of the terms Bellas and Dixon in them.

OR - by using the term OR, you can retrieve items that contain any of the search words. This keeps from having to search multiple times for each of the words. For example, typing (Bellas OR Dixon) will produce results for documents that have Bellas and/or Dixon in them. Using OR in your searching will produce the most results.

NOT - by using the word NOT in a search, you are telling the search engine to find information on one topic, but not on a related one. For example, typing (Buck NOT dorm) will only result in documents that mention Buck and do not mention the term dorm in them. So if you are searching for articles on Seaver Buck, you won't get articles on Buck Dorm with this search.

Proximity Searching

Proximity searching is a way to search for two or more words that occur within a certain number of words from each other. You can do proximity searching by entering your two search terms in quotation marks followed by a tilde (~) and the number of words between your search terms. For example, "faculty award"~10 would search the words faculty and award within 10 words of each other.